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Don’t Mess With Texas…History

Lord, but I love Texas–and not least because my inbox is full of emails from Texans.  From an especially eloquent (and ardent) denizen of the Lone Star state:

Dear Mr. Robinson, or may I call you Peter,

As a 3rd generation Texan, I took note of the…reader email…you

posted regarding the Texas Republic….Your…reader is dead wrong….Let me quote [him]:

“In your post, you suggest that the current immigration pattern (large

numbers from one country settling on the border, not assimilating) has

never happened in the US before.

“This is true in the strictest sense, but if you include future US

territories, then it happened in Texas when it was still part of

Mexico. The Mexican government encouraged European settlement in their

largely unpopulated northern territories….The newcomers never assimilated, grew frustrated at their isolation from both their legal government and their old culture, and eventually used the power of demographics to force a revolution.

“Anyone who thinks Mexicans in the US don’t remember this hasn’t talked

to very many of them.”

Poppycock!  I’ve encountered this gibberish before, no doubt, the bile

of some multiculturalist public school teacher.  The Texicans (Tejanos

and Mexicans) in 1836 Texas, were upholding the spirit of the Mexican

Revolution, and the constitution of 1824 under which they were enticed

to move to Texas and were willing to live, but which Santa Anna

dissolved in 1835.  It is simply NOT true that the Tejanos didn’t

assimilate as indicated above.  For almost a decade, they adapted to

Mexican law, conducted themselves accordingly, abided contracts, etc.,

and learned to speak Spanish, while preserving their own culture and

customs just as numerous groups of immigrants today, who having moved

to the United States, learn to speak English, and submit to American

law.  Exceptions be damned.  The Texicans (Tejanos AND Mexicans)

frustration was with the Mexican government (which by 1831 was

abandoning its agreements, and especially its dictator “Napoleon of the

West” President who dissolved the constitution of 1824) which is why

those who fought for freedom from a tyrannical Mexican government in

1836 are not equivalent to those advocating open borders in 2007.

Yes, Hispanics and Anglos in Texas do “tend to get a long very well”

because, as you say, “they’ve both been there from the get-go”,

fighting alongside one another for their common freedom.  Anyone who

believes the propaganda in the quote above, doesn’t know history (what

about the Republic of Yucatan, or the Republic of the Rio Grande?), nor

do the Mexicans (who’ve no doubt been brainwashed by their own

government) to whom he’s been talking. 

Your original…point…is correct.   The current immigration pattern HAS NEVER happened in the US before, certainly not in Texas.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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